We're back. And now we will be going.

Sometime shortly after 4pm, just in time for the release of the federal budget, our blog platform crashed.

Shortly after 4:30pm, Jim Flaherty finished tabling the budget in the House of Commons.

Shortly after that, Jack Layton announced that the NDP could not support the budget in its present form.

Shortly after that, Mr. Layton said he would be willing to talk with the Prime Minister if the government was open to amending the budget.

Shortly after that, Mr. Flaherty said the government was not open to amending the budget.

And so, very shortly, the government will be defeated in the House of Commons and a federal election will be called.

Looking for more?

Get the best of Maclean's sent straight to your inbox. Sign up for news, commentary and analysis.